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France: There ‘will always’ be people against women footballers - Swedish striker on vandalised statue02:23

France: There ‘will always’ be people against women footballers - Swedish striker on vandalised statue

France, Deauville
June 18, 2019 at 13:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

"The statue is about equality and lifting us up as women role models, and no one can't stop that," said striker of the Sweden women's national football team Kosovare Asllani after her team-mate Nilla Fischer's statue was vandalised in Linkoping, Sweden last week.

However she cautioned, "there will always be people that [are] against women and women footballers."

Asllani and Sweden defender Magdalena Eriksson spoke to Ruptly during a meeting with the press at the Hotel Barriere Le Normandy in Deauville on Tuesday. The meeting took place two days ahead of the team's game against the US in the final round of Group F fixtures of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Sweden defender Magdalena Eriksson was taken aback by what she called "horrible news," saying, "I felt really bad for Nilla [Fischer] because she deserves so much more than that. She has done so much for equality in Sweden, and she always stands up for human rights, and women's rights, so [I am] really sad for Nilla."

Last week, the main body of Fischer's statue was knocked from its plinth in the Swedish city of Linkoping.

The statue was one of the four that were unveiled earlier this month, in the run-up to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Fischer, Asllani, Hedvig Lindahl and Caroline Seger received the honour of being immortalised in stone.

The initiative called Football ForevHer saw the Swedish football association team up with Coca-Cola in an effort to drive up interest in women's sport.

According to the sponsor of the statue, Coca-Cola, the vandalised statue will reportedly be replaced by a new one.

France: There ‘will always’ be people against women footballers - Swedish striker on vandalised statue02:23
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"The statue is about equality and lifting us up as women role models, and no one can't stop that," said striker of the Sweden women's national football team Kosovare Asllani after her team-mate Nilla Fischer's statue was vandalised in Linkoping, Sweden last week.

However she cautioned, "there will always be people that [are] against women and women footballers."

Asllani and Sweden defender Magdalena Eriksson spoke to Ruptly during a meeting with the press at the Hotel Barriere Le Normandy in Deauville on Tuesday. The meeting took place two days ahead of the team's game against the US in the final round of Group F fixtures of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Sweden defender Magdalena Eriksson was taken aback by what she called "horrible news," saying, "I felt really bad for Nilla [Fischer] because she deserves so much more than that. She has done so much for equality in Sweden, and she always stands up for human rights, and women's rights, so [I am] really sad for Nilla."

Last week, the main body of Fischer's statue was knocked from its plinth in the Swedish city of Linkoping.

The statue was one of the four that were unveiled earlier this month, in the run-up to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Fischer, Asllani, Hedvig Lindahl and Caroline Seger received the honour of being immortalised in stone.

The initiative called Football ForevHer saw the Swedish football association team up with Coca-Cola in an effort to drive up interest in women's sport.

According to the sponsor of the statue, Coca-Cola, the vandalised statue will reportedly be replaced by a new one.

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